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Michael Parks, P.E. is the owner of Green Shoe Garage, a custom electronics design studio and technology consultancy located in Southern Maryland. He produces the S.T.E.A.M. Power podcast to help raise public awareness of technical and scientific matters. Michael is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland and holds a Master’s degree in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University.


A Look at Space Stations of the Past, Present, and Future Mike Parks
The exploration and long-term settlement of our solar system will be entirely different from European colonization. The extreme environment of space, the vast distances, lack of indigenous resources, and the act of leaving Earth’s surface will present challenges unique to our “star-ward” journeys.

Beyond Top Secret: The Tech Behind Santa’s Sleigh Mike Parks
Santa Claus has got to be one of the most tech-savvy people in the world. Think about it: Circumnavigating the globe in a single night to deliver gifts to hundreds of millions of children is only possible by integrating some serious technology into his gift-giving empire. Surely his sleigh—the epicenter of this logistical feat—must be packed with cutting-edge electronics to ensure his success year after year. While the exact plans and specifications of his mobile command center are safely locked away at the North Pole, we can make some safe assumptions about the tech onboard.

Edge Computing and the Internet of Things Mike Parks
Edge computing enables IoT systems to not only reduce the amount of data they need to process but also be more judicious in what data is transmitted to the network.

RESTful APIs and Moving Data Across the Internet of Things Mike Parks
RESTful APIs are rapidly becoming a preferred method for IoT devices to communicate given that they are highly flexible, scalable, portable, capable of handling multiple data interchange formats, arguably easier to develop with, and offer better performance than some alternatives.

Wi-Fi Mesh and the Internet of Things Mike Parks
Using Wi-Fi mesh networking to support seamless, decentralized communication in IoT and IIoT could remove many of the roadblocks to achieving Industry 4.0.

Pull Up Your Pins: How to Size Pull-up Resistors Mike Parks
Whether to prevent floating I/O pins on an MCU or to provide an interface between two circuits, pull-up resistors are a necessity. But what size resistor should you use?

Mouser’s STEAMy Summer: Part 3 Mike Parks
For part 3 of “Mouser’s STEAMy Summer” series, we will go through each step to build the circuit and program the Arduino MKR1000 for your ultraviolet (UV) monitor and alert project so that you and your young, aspiring engineer can protect your family when you’re out enjoying the sun.

Mouser’s STEAMy Summer: Part 2 Mike Parks
In part 1 of our STEAMy summer blog, we talked about the resources available for parents and kids to explore STEAM topics so that they can develop hands-on embedded electronics skills through project-based learning. Now in part 2, we will dive into designing and coding an UV monitor and alert buzzer.

Mouser’s STEAMy Summer: Part 1 of 3 Mike Parks
This STEAM-inspired three-article series will explore the available resources to assist you and your kids on a maker’s adventure and walk you through an embedded electronics project. We will cover the design, build, and code for the project as well as discuss how the data from the project can be useful to develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Digital Twinning and the Future of Transportation Safety Mike Parks
The tragedy that befell Southwest Flight 1380 in April 2018 is thankfully a rare event in modern air travel. Digital twining is a promising new technological concept that could soon help the transportation industry hone safety measures.

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